After construction began in May
2007, Temple Emanuel will finally be
ready to dedicate the new additions
to its facility on Friday and
Sunday, May 2 and 4.
Temple Emanuel has undergone a $2.5
million expansion, including the
additions of a multipurpose room,
library and new classrooms, and is
finally ready to be displayed to the
The temple has almost doubled in
size, said Executive Director
"People are amazed at how beautiful
it is," Wilharber said.
“People are excited about how much
more space we have for programming
and excited about our future."
The weekend of the dedication will
encompass many different events for
the congregation and for the public.
On Friday night the temple will
conduct a service for Sabbath and
will be hanging the mezuzah
(traditional Jewish item affixed to
the doorposts of rooms) on the new
On Sunday there will be an art show
starting at 10 a.m., followed by
games for children and a free lunch.
The ceremonial ribbon-cutting and
dedication will follow at 1 p.m.
"I think it's going to be an amazing
day to celebrate with our temple
family and to learn more about our
congregation," Wilharber said.
The temple's expansion, while adding
square footage, also provided the
temple with a more environmentally
Project Architect Rob Burgheimer
and the Project Manager Peter
Noble made it apart of their
plan to provide Emanuel with
products to help save the
environment, Rabbi Andrew Straus
said in a previous interview.
Security has also improved in the
All events dedication-weekend events
are open to the public, according to
Wilharber, who added that temple
officials would love for people to
come to see the new building.
Temple Emanuel is located at 5801 S.
Rural Road, Tempe.
Information: (480) 838-1414 or